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Raúl González Rodríguez (born February 29, 1952) is a retired Mexican race walker. He set the world record in the 50-kilometres racewalk twice in 1978 (3:45:52 and 3:41:20). As of October 2011, it still was the North American record.

Raúl González
Raúl González 1987 Paraguay stamp.jpg
Personal information
Full nameRaúl González Rodríguez
Born (1952-02-29) February 29, 1952 (age 67)
China, Nuevo León, Mexico
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)

Gonzalez won the 50 km racewalk at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in 1977, 1981 and 1983. He also won a silver medal in 20 km and a gold in 50 km at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Gonzalez set an Olympic record winning the 50-kilometres event at 3 hours, 47 minutes, 26 seconds.[1][2]

Gonzalez was a member of the national racewalk team that received Mexico's National Sports Prize in 1977; he received the prize individually in 1978.[3] From 1988 to 1994 he was Director of National Sports Commission of Mexico, and from 2002 to 2004 executive president of the Mexican Professional Baseball League.[4]



  1. ^ Raúl González. sports-reference
  2. ^ HISTORY OF RACE WALKING IN THE OLYMPICS. Retrieved on 2014-08-13.
  3. ^ Raúl González Rodríguez Archived 2010-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2014-08-13.
  4. ^ Raul Gonzalez Archived 2013-09-02 at the Wayback Machine. (1949-06-03). Retrieved on 2014-08-13.

Preceded by
  Bernd Kannenberg
Men's 50km Walk World Record Holder
April 23, 1978 – March 13, 1983
Succeeded by
  Josep Marín